While nobody likes to lose, by falling to the rival Washington Redskins, 34-23, in front of a crowd of 90,127, Dallas only improved its positioning in the next NFL Draft, which in turn will hopefully lead to a better season in 2016.
Because this year was already a lost cause, the Cowboys having been eliminated from the playoffs two weeks earlier. And with the Redskins secure as the NFC East champion and the conference’s fourth seed, there was nothing much on the line in this tilt.
In the end, though, it was the Bills outlasting the Cowboys, 16-6, the Dallas offense again anemic and unable to score a touchdown with the team’s defense not up to the task in the end as well, unable to stop Buffalo when it needed to most.
ARLINGTON, Texas – The cynics will say that the season ended during the seven-game losing streak earlier this season, and the realists will point toward Thanksgiving as the day the Cowboys’ playoff chances faded.
Even the most hopeful optimist can’t deny it now, though. The Cowboys’ 19-16 loss to the Jets on Saturday night dropped them to 4-10, which — even in the dreadful NFC East – is enough to mathematically eliminate them from the postseason.
Although the Dallas Cowboys received a shot in the arm with the NFL debut of Kellen Moore behind center, in the end the team again lost the turnover battle and couldn’t hold a lead late in falling to the New York Jets, 19-16, in front of 90,345 fans.
The NFC East has tried to keep the Dallas Cowboys in the playoff hunt this season. The three division rivals have continuously and graciously provided the Cowboys a little hope, as every team came into this weekend with a sub-.500 record.
But with Dallas losing 28-7 to Green Bay, combined with Washington and Philadelphia both coming out victorious, all hope may now be lost. While not mathematically eliminated, with just three games to go, the 4-9 Cowboys have a steep hill to climb to catch the Redskins and Eagles, who are tied at 6-7.
The perennial Pro Bowler sat down in middle the Washington defense on 2nd-and-6, and Matt Cassel found him for seven yards. It was the type of play he’s come to be known for, as evidenced by the fact that he’s now just the 12th NFL player and the second tight end to log 1,000 career receptions.
“That was kind of my play – the little stick route,” Witten said. “I don’t think Matt had any clue what was going on at the time, but it needed to be a first down. There was really nothing pretty about it, probably the way I would want it – just a nice first down, keep the chains moving.”